Anthony Brinken recalled that on July 11, “thousands of Cubans” across the country took to the streets and “peacefully” demanded respect for their fundamental freedoms.
Madrid (European News).- The closing session of the UN General Assembly saw Anthony Brinken, the US Secretary of State, ask Cuba to respect fundamental freedoms and human rights.
In a statement, Brinken said that international forums allow international leaders to come together and solve the most urgent problems facing their country and citizens. The head of the State Council reminded that thousands of Cubans marched in the streets on July 11th to demand respect for their fundamental rights and human rights.
Brinken complained that the Cuban security force violently suppressed protests and detained hundreds of demonstrators who had simply exercised their rights of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
He also condemned the protestors and human rights defenders who were imprisoned for not being conducted in a fair manner. “Some people have reported physical abuse during detention. Others are still isolated from the outside world or detained without charges,” he added.
For this reason, he believes that the international community’s public opposition to the suppression of Cuban protesters and mass arrests is “critical”; it demands the release of all persons detained “unjustly”; and supports the desire of Cubans to determine their own future.
Brinken insisted that “we urge the Cuban government, as a member of United Nations Human Rights Council, to respect the human right contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” and the fundamental rights of Cuban citizens. He stressed Washington’s commitment towards Cuban citizens and said that he would take all necessary steps to ensure their safety. Examine the “responsibility of the Cuban government for its human rights abuses.”
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez pointed out that Blinken’s “accusations” “have nothing to do with the reality of Cuba.”
“The United States cannot justify its inhumane policies toward our people. And, like (former President Donald Trump) and (former Secretary Mike) Pompeo), they use lies to distract from the serious human rights violations people commit every day. He stated via Twitter that their attention is focused on their territory and the rest of the world.
Cuban citizens protested the lack of basic products like food and medicine. International community members and non-governmental organisations condemned the brutal suppression of protesters. Cuban officials claim that they have seen “worse scenes of repression in Europe” and that there has been no “social outbreak”.